From: Eder Gira
Good afternoon everyone. I wanted to take a quick minute to officially introduce myself. I am Cate Alexander and I’ve been working with the DRC for months now, somewhat behind the scenes. I figured it’s time to bring my role out in the open and let everyone know who I am and what I’m doing. As you know this restoration effort was threatened not long ago. To make a long story short, I was able to play a key role in procuring funding for a continued effort. I’m not officially associated with the DRC at this point although given my role, I do have some clout. : )
Much of the last few months I’ve spent examining the current state of affairs and working with other companies, such as Turner, to come up with a plan. The plan is not finished but we have come a long way. You’ll be seeing some of the results of that in the near future. In many ways you already have. It’s my job to make sure this effort succeeds and that it succeeds in a timely and safe fashion. And I will do that. I’ve got a lot of money vested in this.
I know it’s been frustrating and it will continue to be at times. However, we are all going to work hard to make sure it works. Thanks to each of you for being patient up to this point. We very much appreciate your support. I know a lot of you have questions but I won’t be able to answer them right now. However, I will say that the Courtyard has just been opened. The Canyon area will be opening tomorrow. And I’m pushing Laxman to have the Great Zero next week. And I’m pushing our entire team to have a new Age ready next week as well.
We’re under a lot of pressure here so continue to be patient but I think it’s time we get moving. It’s been said before but I will say it again – we need people here. This is not an inexpensive effort.
We’re stepping up our efforts and thank you for stepping up yours. I would also like to officially thank the DRC for all of their work as well. Thank you all again and I look forward to seeing you all in the future. Have a great day.
Some notes: I notice her interest in D’ni is not in the interest of discovery and exploration, but of profit. “I’ve got a lot of money vested in this.” “This is not an inexpensive effort.” True, these are realities, however I see a lack of the genuine love of the Cavern I see when I read Dr. Watson’s speech from four years ago. Also, all this talk of pushing. Pushing Laxman, “our entire team” into doing things. It seems like, while we have someone who definitely wants things done fast and safe (something I think all explorers want). To be blunt, the whole gathering seemed more like an announcement from the CEO of a large company, not someone who had a general love for the Cavern.
Something also to note: I noticed upon re-reading my logs.. Several ResEngs clapped at her speech and were, in a couple cases, responsible for starting mass explorer cheers and claps. This seemed more like a prepared speech given to a board room, not a message of hope and interest in the Cavern.
I look forward to hearing more from Cate.